College Football Betting: Georgia at South Carolina

College Football Betting:  Georgia at South Carolina

Hurricane Matthew came and went over the weekend leaving the South Carolina Midlands wet but otherwise undamaged save a downed tree limb here or there. That means there will be football at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sunday as the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Georgia Bulldogs. The Gamecocks are still trying to rebuild under new head coach Will Muschamp and it’s been sort of a mixed bag so far. The Gamecocks’ defense has looked decent while the offense has struggled to put points on the board. In fact, the Gamecocks are in a tie for #126 in points per game with Buffalo at 14.0 meaning they’re just .2 of a point out of last place currently held by Georgia State at 13.8 PPG. That’s not going to get it done in the SEC which has left the Gamecocks with just two victories on the year against three losses.

Georgia got off to a 3-0 start this season and the Bulldogs faithful sort of got ahead of themselves in their view of how good this team really is. After wins over North Carolina, Nichols State and Missouri to open the year they’ve lost back to back games to Ole Miss and Tennessee. The Bulldogs should have Nick Chubb back in the lineup on Sunday (he’s been listed as ‘questionable’ all week with a banged up ankle). On paper, the Bulldogs should have a strong rushing attack but at #51 in rushing yards per game the reputation of the Georgia running game exceeds the actual production.

Back when Steve Spurrier was trying to rebuild the Gamecocks’ football program and clean up the mess Lou Holtz had left South Carolina was good for at least two strong efforts every season–against in-state rival Clemson and against Georgia. With the Dawgs not showing much consistency this year there’s no reason to think that concept won’t work again. It was especially effective on the Gamecocks’ home field and they’ve covered 7 of 10 against Georgia at Williams Brice Stadium. Also worth noting that 9 of the last 10 games between the teams in Columbia have gone ‘Under’ the total. Given the South Carolina defensive tenacity and soggy conditions that should work again.